He finally meets his childhood friends.
…they don’t remember him.
Irvine: “‘Cause you two seemed to have forgotten! It just kinda sucked that I was the only one who remembered… Spunky little Sefie and bossy little Quisty.”
He finally gets to meet his Matron.
…he’s has to assassinate her.
Squall: It’s all up to Irvine.
[Squall walks over to Irvine and sits down beside him.]
(Huh…?) (Is he freakin’ out!?)
Squall: Don’t tell me you’re getting the jitter…
Irvine: I…I can’t do it.
[Squall holds his head and shakes. The [gateway team] roams around the sewers and finally comes to the gateway. The three climbs up and arrives at their destination.]
Squall: Irvine Kinneas!!!
Irvine: I…I can’t… I’m sorry, I can’t do it. I always choke like this… I try to act all cool, joke around, but I just can’t handle the pressure…
Squall: Forget it. Just shoot.
Irvine: My bullet… The sorceress… I’ll go down in history. I’d change the history of Galbadia… Of the world! It’s all too much…
Squall: Enough! Just shoot!
Irvine: I can’t, dammit!
He finally gets to charm his childhood sweetheart, Selphie Tilmitt.
Irvine: …Geez…Selphie can be a little outta control at times.
Even though he’s a relatively cheerful guy, he’s somewhat of a tragic character. For most of his teenage life, he had to train as a sniper. He’s an extrovert in a solitary profession. His cocky facade is to cover up the hurt and frustration that his friends don’t remember him. And he can’t talk to them because he’s a professional; he has to keep with the mission.
Even worst, he has to kill his primary caretaker, in front of his childhood friends. Even then, he’s watching his matron kill people, including the President of Galbadia, in front of a cheering crowd.
I guess he’s OK with Selphie.
Irvine: (…Geez…Selphie can be a little outta control at times…)
Poor Irvine Kinneas.
Finally dates Selphie Tilmitt.
…likes Quistis Trepe.